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Using vignettes in qualitative interviews as clues, microcosms or provokers
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Public Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2473-6330
Number of Authors: 12018 (English)In: Qualitative research journal, ISSN 1443-9883, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 276-286Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - Recent studies have introduced new productive theoretical orientations to the vignette studies. There is not, however, sufficient analytical discussion on how the vignettes can be used in qualitative interviews for different functions. The paper aims to discuss this issue.

Design/methodology/approach - Whatever theoretical framing the researcher decides to apply in qualitative interviews using vignettes, the paper proposes that it is always important to consider in what way the chosen vignettes refer to the object under examination, whether they represent it as clues (metonyms, symptoms, enigmatic traces), as microcosms (icons, metaphors, totems, ideal types, homologies) or as provokers (anomalies, taboos, controversies).

Findings - When vignettes are used as clues in interviews, they can be introduced as puzzling traces, tracks or indexes which together with the interview questions carry out the interviewees to metonymic reasoning. When vignettes are used in interviews as microcosms, the interview questions are built so that they encourage the interviewees to consider the vignettes as icons that mimic reality or realities, their actors, situations, acts, events and processes. And when vignettes are used as provokers, they are selected and produced so that they challenge the forms, boundaries, meanings and habits of the well-known and plausible realities of the interviewees.

Originality/value - The paper demonstrates with examples how vignettes function in the interviews as clues, microcosms or provokers and shows why it is important to pay attention to this.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. Vol. 18, no 3, p. 276-286
Keywords [en]
Qualitative interviewing, Vignettes, Clue, Microcosm, Provoker
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Other Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-159189DOI: 10.1108/QRJ-D-17-00055ISI: 000439568900006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-159189DiVA, id: diva2:1240743
Available from: 2018-08-22 Created: 2018-08-22 Last updated: 2018-08-22Bibliographically approved

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